By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
DELAWARE, Ohio – Capital University Men's Basketball travelled to Ohio Wesleyan University on Tuesday night to take on Wittenberg University in the first game of the annual Ohio Athletic Conference/North Coast Athletic Conference. Despite jumping out to an early lead, the Tigers battled back to claim an 88-78 lead.
Capital built up a 12-5 lead five minutes in as Austin Schreck had six points and Caleb Cox scored four. Wittenberg then turned on the gas and embarked on a 10-2 run to take a 15-14 lead with 10 minutes left in the first half. Over the next minute, Wittenberg increased its lead to 21-14. By the five minute mark, the Tigers built up a double-digit lead and led 31-20 after capping a 26-6 run. The Tigers led 37-28 at the break.
The Crusaders came out of the locker room and after giving up an early basket went on a run of their own. Made layups by Will Hannah and Joey Weingartner cut the lead to seven and Schreck earned a trip to the free throw line. The senior made the first but missed the second but an offensive board from Cox led to another layup from Hannah and Witt's lead was down to four, 39-35, less than two minutes into the half.
The Tigers were able to respond though and traded baskets with the Crusaders from that point on, never letting the lead fall below five for the rest of the contest. The lead creeped back up into double figures where it remained for most of the rest of the game.
Schreck led all scorers with 21 points on 7-of-14 shooting and he added six rebounds and four assists. Cox notched his first double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds while Weingartner also scored 14. Connor Seipel led Wittenberg with 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting with 15 rebounds. The Tigers also got 13 points from Rashaad Ali-Shakir and 15 from Levi Boettcher off the bench. Wittenberg got 34 bench points compared to Capital's 12. The Crusaders also had a hard time behind the arc as the team hit only four of its 15 3-point attempts. Wittenberg went 12-for-19 from deep.
Capital (1-2) will look to even its overall record in its next game on Sunday, Nov. 25 against Ohio Wesleyan University in the second game of the OAC/NCAC Challenge. That game will tip off at 6 p.m. in The Capital Center and will be preceded by Otterbein University vs. Wittenberg at 4 p.m.